Around Town First Day SEPTEMBER 02, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

EDUCATIONAL RETIREES — The Artesia Association of Educational Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Hotel Artesia.
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RALLY DAY ROUND-UP — First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue, invites the public to its Rally Day Round-Up beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. The event will feature worship, food, fellowship, games and a chance to hear all that is happening at FEPC. For more information, call the church office at 746-2721.
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SCHOOL BOARD — The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 1106 W. Quay Ave. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)
DAV — DAV Chapter 19 will hold its monthly meeting following a potluck at 6 p.m. today at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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TRACTOR CLUB — The Pecos Valley Classic Ag Antique Tractor Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at La Fonda. All interested people are encouraged to attend.
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ADULT BASKETBALL — The City of Artesia adult basketball league is underway. The public is invited to attend games, which are held at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Artesia Center.
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VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the 2014 location, the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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GARY KING TOUR — The Eddy County Democratic Party will host Gary King’s Education Vision and Listening Tour from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Carlsbad Public Library Annex, 101 S. Halagueno, Carlsbad. For more information, call 706-6945 or email eddycountydemocrats@ gmail.com.
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YESO PTO — The Yeso Elementary School PTO will hold its monthly meeting at noon Friday, Sept. 5, in Room 8. All parents are encouraged to attend.
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FOOTBALL PARKING PASSES — West Main Baptist Church youth are selling 2014 Bulldog Football Parking Passes for $30. The pass includes a free t-shirt and allows parking on the West Main campus for all home games, including playoffs. Passes may be purchased during the week at the church office or in the parking lot Friday night.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Certificates are for Eddy County residents only. All donations are appreciated.
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MAYORS’ ENERGY SUMMIT — The mayors of eddy county will hold an energy summit with key leaders and representatives of the oil and gas and potash industries and area government officials to discuss the area’s recent oil boom from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Walter Gerrells Civic Center Annex in Carlsbad. The summit is free to attend.
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LITERACY DAY — The Artesia Literacy Council will celebrate International Literacy Day Monday, Sept. 8, by honoring all students and tutors with a luncheon. The ALC is beginning its 20th year of service and will be celebrating its history throughout the year.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice will host a Caregiver Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, and the second and fourth Tuesday of each month thereafter at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933.
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DESK & DERRICK — The Desk & Derrick Club will hold its 2014 Industry Appreciation Banquet Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the barn at Cottonwood Winery. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., catered by Adobe Rose and consisting of a mixed grill (salmon, steak, chicken and sausage), whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, salad and choice of carrot or chocolate cinnamon cake. Special guest will be Jim Townsend, District 54 state representative. Cost is $30 per person. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 29, to LaVelta Jenkins, laveltaj@yatespetroleum. com, 748-4468. Standing reservations will not apply.
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9/11 GOLF TOURNAMENT — A 9/11 Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Artesia Country Club. Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Unit Scholarship Fund. Sponsors and four-man teams are needed. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 746-2744 or Danielle Brady at the Artesia Fire Department, 746-5057 or dbrady@artesianm.gov.
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U.S. 285 SHOWDOWN — The U.S. 285 Showdown nighttime slowpitch softball tournament will be held Sept. 12-13 at Jaycee Park. Entry is $265 per team. Men’s and coed classes B/C and D/E will compete in pool play, then double elimination from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and 6 p.m. – completion Saturday with a home run derby at 8 p.m. Saturday ($25 per hitter, 100-percent payout to winner). To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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CLAYS CRUSHER SHOOT — The Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Clays Crusher Sporting Clays Fun Shoot will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Eddy County Shooting Range. This year’s event features exhibition shooter Travis Mears, Friday Night Under the Lights Game Night, and two rotations Saturday with door prizes after each. Shooters and sponsors are needed. Contact the chamber at 746-2744.
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COED KICKBALL — The fall season of the “Kick This” adult coed kickball league will begin Sept. 15 at Jaycee Park. Cost is $35 per player and includes a shirt. Deadline to register as a team or individual is Sept. 8. To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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GOOD OLE SCHOOL DAZE — The Pecos Valley Baptist Association will host “school” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Speaker will be Paul Chinikidiadi with music by the Houghtaling Family. A meal will be available for $5.
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BUTTER BRAID BREAD — The Artesia High School junior class is selling frozen butter braid bread in many flavors. Loaves are $13 pre-paid with delivery Sept. 17. To order, contact any junior class member or Haley Goff, Marcia Gardner or Sylvia Wilson at AHS, 746-9816. Proceeds will benefit prom and senior banquet.
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SEEKING ARTISTS — Artesia MainStreet is currently seeking artists to sell their work during the ARTesia Art Walk. Local and regional artists will be paired with local businesses from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, for a day of art and shopping downtown. Interested artists and anyone knowing an artist who may be interested are asked to call Artesia MainStreet at 746-1117.
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CLASS OF 1984 — The Artesia High School Class of 1984 will hold its reunion Sept. 19-20. Register online at www.1984ahsbulldogs.com. For more information, contact Staci Sanders at 703-6023, Nora Vazquez at 513-1965, or Missy Williams at 308-1120.
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OLD TIMERS’ SOFTBALL — An old timers’ softball tournament/league for players ages 45 and older is being planned. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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CHURCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL — A church softball league is being planned. Entry will be $165 per team. All players must be church members. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).
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HEAD START ENROLLMENT — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation Head Start Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 program year. Children must have turned 3 or 4 prior to Sept. 1, 2014. The following documents are needed: birth certificate, current immunization record, income verification (W-2 or income tax forms), Social Security card, and Medicaid or health insurance card. Enrollment is being held at Artesia Head Start, 504 W. Ave., 748-1141. Services for children with disabilities are available, and parents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the Family and Community Partnerships Office of the local Head Start.
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U8 BOYS SOCCER — FC Artesia U8 boys’ soccer is in search of 7-year-old boys interested in joining a traveling team. For more information, contact Victor Munoz at 746-7838 or Celia Perches at 420-0982.
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS — Lakeview Christian Hospice Care is seeking volunteers in Artesia. Different opportunities are available. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933 or volunteercoordinator@lakeviewchristian.com.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws is seeking volunteers to aid at the Artesia Animal Shelter. Must be 18 or older. To apply, visit the shelter at 501 Paddy Wagon Way.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice is offering Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, at 10 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 W. Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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CASA VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is preparing to train new volunteers in September or October. The organization is seeking volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care. All necessary training provided. Screening and background check required. For more information call 746-6077 or visit 405 S. Second St.
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DIVORCE CARE — Divorce Care meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fireside room at Trinity Temple. For more information, contact Debi Argo at 748-2962.
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LITERACY TUTORING — One-on-one tutoring services are now available at the Artesia Literacy Council. Regular business hours are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The council is seeking students ready to work on GED, ESL or basic skills and tutors willing to teach. Call 748-9740.
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WOMEN’S AA — A women’s AA group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — The We are Not Saints group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.